Florida Senate - 2018                                    SJR 790
       By Senator Lee
       20-01006-18                                            2018790__
    1                       Senate Joint Resolution                     
    2         A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 2
    3         of Article IV and the creation of a new section in
    4         Article XII of the State Constitution to require the
    5         Lieutenant Governor to serve as the Secretary of
    6         State, to specify the secretary’s duties, and to
    7         authorize the Lieutenant Governor to cast tiebreaking
    8         votes on any measure on which the Senate is equally
    9         divided.
   11  Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         That the following amendment to Section 2 of Article IV and
   14  the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State
   15  Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the
   16  electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next
   17  general election or at an earlier special election specifically
   18  authorized by law for that purpose:
   19                             ARTICLE IV                            
   20                              EXECUTIVE                            
   21         SECTION 2. Lieutenant governor.—There shall be a lieutenant
   22  governor, who shall:
   23         (a) Serve as the secretary of state and keep the records of
   24  the official acts of the legislative and executive departments.
   25         (b) Have authority to cast the tiebreaking vote on final
   26  passage of any measure on which the senate is equally divided.
   27         (c) Perform such duties pertaining to the office of
   28  governor as shall be assigned by the governor, except when
   29  otherwise provided by law, and such other duties as may be
   30  prescribed by law.
   31                             ARTICLE XII                           
   32                              SCHEDULE                             
   33         Duties of the lieutenant governor.—The amendment to Section
   34  2 of Article IV, relating to the duties of the lieutenant
   35  governor, and the creation of this section shall take effect
   36  January 8, 2019. Upon the effective date of this amendment, the
   37  term “secretary of state” shall be substituted for the term
   38  “custodian of state records” throughout the constitution, except
   39  for Article XII.
   40         BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be
   41  placed on the ballot:
   42                      CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT                     
   43                        ARTICLE IV, SECTION 2                      
   44                             ARTICLE XII                           
   45         DUTIES OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR.—Proposing an amendment
   46  to the State Constitution requiring the Lieutenant Governor to
   47  serve as the Secretary of State and specifying that the
   48  Secretary of State shall keep the records of the official acts
   49  of the legislative and executive departments of state
   50  government. This amendment also authorizes the Lieutenant
   51  Governor to cast a tiebreaking vote on final passage of any
   52  measure on which the Senate is equally divided.